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A huge thanks to @heaverhouse for this amazing shout out. @heaverhouse is not only a beautiful house full of inspo but it is a brilliant shoot location and I have been following the slew of famous visitors and brilliant shoots with great interest. Hearing that one of the paintings I sourced features in the next series of Call My Agent (one of my fav series!) might just be a career highlight 😂.
Winter in Wandsworth. I have been thinking a lot recently about my sense of place. I am so so so grateful for where I live. For my friends, my clients, the artists I know. For the shops up the road, my pilates place, my hairdresser who when I went off piste graciously allowed me to come back (with just the right amount of piss taking), for the great connections to everywhere I need to go. For the fact that I bump into at least one person, often several, every day on my way to and fro. I am grateful for the common that I suspect saved me and my kids mental health over lock down. For great coffee less than 4 mins away. For cheery hellos on the street. For laughs. For all the Volvo XC90’s even though I don’t get to drive one anymore 😂. And even the constant building works. For everyone who worked and advised me to enable me to keep my place here. For the kindness of two people in particular who enabled me to keep my place here. I was so grateful for all of that when I saw this beautiful morning sky today. And I remained grateful when I saw the beautiful sunset on my way back home.
Holy moly guacamole. I LOVE MY JOB!!!! This Chicago based client @neeshbydar spotted a @maricecumber pot that was featured in @livingetcuk thanks to a great article styled by @mary_weaver_interiors shot and shot by @annastathakiphoto. The client got in touch and purchased this piece from the salon prive at my house last year. One bespoke crate, specialist art shipper and only around 10 sleepless nights from me worrying about whether it would get there in one piece and BOOM 💥💥💥💥💥. Here it is in one the most authentically beautiful interiors I have ever had the honour to place work in. The client says in response to my gushes “I am thrilled you like my style. Many years of collecting only things I love and putting them all together”. That says it all. It’s a reminder for us to buy what we love and love what we buy. Marice’s work is incredibly special and I am delighted how this photo shows what flexible work it is - great work holds its own in any interior - even one as monumental as this. I am showing another group of Marice’s works @londonartfair this April. Link in bio.
I have always believed that every cloud has a silver lining. My cloud is that @londonartfair has been postponed from this month to April 20th-24th. But the silver lining for these lovely clients is that they got their hands on two stunning @charles.inge works that they nabbed off the preview that now can’t go to the art fair and are now hung in the hallway of their beautiful double fronted home! If you would like a beautiful Bell Jar of your own please see the link in the bio. These are the larger of the two sizes on these wonderful high ceilinged walls.
I really am so grateful to the clients that upload reviews of me onto google or houzz - they make all the difference to my business, not to mention they give me a warm gooey feeling inside. This one arrived just in time to get the warms going before the ex sent his, er, version of a “Happy New Year” email. A reminder of the yin and yang forces at work. 😂
Thanks to online schooling we had time to nip into London yesterday afternoon and take in the fab @davidshrigley ‘Mayfair Tennis Ball Exchange’ show @stephenfriedmangallery . Go. Take the kids. It’s super fun and has a lovely earthy rubbery hairy tennis bally smell that is impossible to describe but you will immediately recognise it when you smell it. If you can’t smell it you probably have Covid. The idea is thus - you bring a tennis ball in and exchange it for one of the new ones. Its rather like the old Blue Peter bring and buy sales but with tennis balls. I am guessing you could take one of the decorated ones but we didn’t think of that! We didn’t appreciate how clever some of the people were going to be with their ‘entries’ and of course it set off the extremely competitive gene with the Warfield family. We were a bit disappointed in ourselves that we hadn’t put in a full afternoon of craft before bringing down our specimens. The most we could manage with 5 mins and a black marker pen was:
I am pleased as punch for @charles.inge who gets mention in @britishvogue this month for his show with me @londonartfair. I’ve been a bit bonkers so clients I am working with do get in touch to talk about these amazing paintings and if you don’t I will be in touch this week to offer you first refusal. They look beautiful singly and jaw dropping in pairs. I have my eye on a couple for my kitchen which has felt flat ever since I sold the two I had up for @maricecumber show. Technically these works are amazing - three dimensional abstracts in bell jars - but there is a lot going on in them psychologically too which is what makes them a wonder to live with. This is Charle’s second career. His first was an an incredibly awarded, much admired and successful ad man. He went to @turpsbanana to remind himself how to paint after his first degree @royalcollegeofart and boy has he! I have a feeling his second career might just be as successful as his first. You heard it here first. Link in bio.
I am delighted to introduce the third artist I am showing @londonartfair. I met him and his husband when they came to my home for Marice Cumber’s show and I was truly humbled by their profound spirituality and kind calmness. They are both devoted Buddhists. I didn’t know at the time that Anthony was also a practising artist but as soon as I saw and held the work I was super fan- these exquisitely hand worked, sewn and embroidered textiles (I see them as canvases really) are deeply thought provoking, beautiful homages to some seriously important messages. This piece “The Universe is Full of Prayer” is explained by Anthony: “To my mind, there is something special that can occur in a time of crisis or upset. It can soften and open up the heart, defences can sometimes be dropped and maybe even occasionally, a prayer for help or assistance might pop out. Not that this would be readily admitted of course. And if this does occur, who or what is listening, if there is any listening happening at all and how do we even know???!!! This piece is one of several that I have made that is influenced by the story of Avalokiteshvara, a bodhisattva, from Buddhist mythology, who was so overwhelmed by all the sounds of suffering beings throughout the Universe, that they were shattered so that each piece could go to one of the countless worlds where it was needed. I like to think that we all have a little piece of Avalokiteshvara imbedded in us somewhere that will respond accordingly when required" I can’t expand on that. I think that says it all. If you are looking for some art with some soul then I don’t think you need look further. I have a million ideas about how to show these in clients homes. Link in bio.
Urrrggggh. 🤢. I have many, many faults but normally jealousy is not one of them (it is not lost on me that this may be because I have never lacked for anything). But this week I have been punched in the stomach by the green eyed monster and I am not proud of it. Not one little bit. In fact, I am appalled at my shallowness, ashamed of my materialism and am desperately putting in the work to restore myself to a place of sanity, humility and gratitude. Because boy do I have EVERYTHING to be thankful for and absolutely bugger all to covet. Which brings me onto this amazing pot. I am so honoured to be showing this absolute BEAUTY @londonartfair this month. Marice Cumber’s @maricecumber confessional work puts out and proud the darkest corners of our thinking but with such a joyous celebration of colour and pattern that it sweetens the pill and in some ways, celebrates our flaws. It certainly makes me feel better that I am not alone with my ungodly thinking. Selling Marice’s work is a very intimate thing as clients often share why they have bought a particular piece. All I know is that I will share a lot in common with whoever is lucky enough to snap this up as a daily reminder of what it is to be human. Link in bio.
Happy New Year! 🥳 I am delighted to have been accepted to show in Art Projects at @londonartfair this year. I am excited to be showing three artists @charles.inge @maricecumber and @wabisabistar all of whom I have picked for their fascinating and beautiful approaches to how they wrestle with the subject of anxiety. Charles Inge, shown here, is a painter who I was delighted to discover on my last trip to the Isle of Wight and I am so grateful he agreed to paint a new beautiful series of his Bell Jar works for me to show. These are modern day Vanitas paintings, each Bell Jar containing their own relics of the past, or fears of the future. They are fascinating, joyous and thought provoking works to live with and I cannot wait to show them. Link in bio.
It has been an honour to work with such talented artists, galleries, interior designers, architects, builders and of course art historians this year. I never take for granted what a privilege it is to be welcomed into people’s homes and be asked to find them something that they are going to love and live with for years. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, to everyone who asked me to help them - I truly love my job and I wouldn’t be able to do it without my amazing clients. Today I am posting this jaw dropping painting of the annunciation - the moment of the angel delivering the news to Mary that she is pregnant. There is so much tenderness in this painting it makes me want to cry. Two women (if you can call angels women - well I am) sharing the moment, Mary looks a bit shocked and pleased and stunned and crosses her hands over her belly as if she is already holding her baby. And then there is the palette - that salmon pink and the folds of her dress. And the lace that looks like dirt on the bottom of the angel’s dress - is this a message that even angels are not above the dirt of the earth? And dare I say it but are those wings the entire inspiration of Missoni? And then there are the curves, the arcs and the circles that all talk to each other, balance each other and lead us on and through the painting. I will leave you with this amazing image for a few days as I am having some time off to recharge, dream and think. I wish everyone a joyous, healthy and happy Christmas. 🙏
If anyone is looking for a last min pressie then there is still the chance to buy a gift voucher for your loved one for an art injection in the New Year. Costing £150 plus VAT the voucher can buy a 2 hour in home consultation (in person or by zoom), a gallery wall design, 10 ideas for a space or a tour around an art fair in London for a couple of hours.
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